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Re: Suggestions for touch screen tablets for auditory experiments

Hi Bill,

A few years ago  we got touch screen monitors, precisely to accommodate elderly subjects who had problems using the mouse or keyboard.  They are Microtouch M170 monitors, and I'm not sure if they are still being made, but they were fine as monitors and very easy to use - basically the screen touch is just like a mouse click.  I would recommend them, and they are fairly inexpensive.

Brian Gygi, Ph.D.
Speech and Hearing Research
Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System
150 Muir Road
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 372-2000 x5653
-----Original Message-----
From: Hornsby, Benjamin Wade Young [mailto:ben.hornsby@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 07:25 AM
To: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Suggestions for touch screen tablets for auditory experiments

Hi All,

I am working on a program to present nonsense syllables (CV and VC) at various SNRs and in various filter conditions. In past work I?ve used Matlab to develop the base program, TDT software for stimulus presentation and Matlab for GUIs that allow subjects to respond via mouse click on a computer monitor.


However, I?d like to branch out and use a touch screen monitor to collect subject responses. My target population is elderly hearing impaired listeners and my thought is the touch screen response system may be easier than using a mouse. The screen would need to be large enough to clearly display all the consonant (23) and vowel (3) options for my stimuli.


I?ve not done this type of programming and am hopeful that some of you with experience might direct me to specific touch screen monitors that would be appropriate and computer programming languages (if Matlab won?t do it) to use to develop this type of program. I?m also working on a budget for this so any information regarding approximate costs for specific touch screen monitors that would be appropriate for this type of experiment would also be appreciated.


Just starting out so all comments are appreciated.


Thanks much,




Benjamin W.Y. Hornsby, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center

Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences

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